RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Dozens of people gathered in person for the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony in North Carolina on Sunday for the first time in two years.
Survivor Marianna Miller lit a candle for the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, including their parents.
“I mean, I escaped, but a lot of people don’t,” Miller said. “My mother took me to boarding school in England and then went back and was then killed along with my father.”
After the war, Miller came to the United States and dedicated her life to others as a social worker.
“But my mission and my life’s work is to help people who need help,” Miller said.
Miller is one of only a handful of Holocaust survivors still living in the triangle.
Meanwhile, those who have died like Talli Dippold have devoted their lives to spreading the stories of survivors and lives lost.
Dippold is Associate Director of the Stan Greenspon Holocaust and Social Justice Education Center in Charlotte.
“Genocides existed before the Holocaust, will exist after the Holocaust, conflicts persist and therefore our work is more important than ever and needed as anti-Semitism and all hate crimes increase,” Dippold said.
This year an extra candle was lit for the people of Ukraine.
“I think you shouldn’t ignore what’s happening in Ukraine,” Miller said. “There are people who are suffering. And those of us who’ve been through it know what it’s like.”
Michael Abramson, chairman of the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust and son of a survivor, said Russian violence against Ukrainians is a global reminder not to repeat the past.
“It’s terrible in Ukraine when people die,” Abramson said. “We hope that as individuals learn to tolerate others, work with others, and include others, we will be able to work together and have a peaceful and happy community.”
This week marks Yom Hashoah, the international Holocaust commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, where Polish Jews staged an armed uprising against Nazi deportation to concentration camps in 1943.
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